Item no. 30101
|Collection: Wagner Labor Archives|
After graduating from City College in 1939, Henry Foner taught Pitman Stenography and Typewriting in the New York City high schools, first as a teacher-in-training at New Utrecht High School and later, as a substitute teacher at Samuel J. Tilden High School, both in Brooklyn. During this period he wrote the song "You're Just My Type," which achieved a fair level of popularity. The reference to the "Royal Machine" is to the Royal typewriter that was manufactured by one of the major companies at the time.
From Henry Foner: Songs and Poems (For Better or Verse), Labor Arts, New York, 2013.
See also two LaborArts exhibits that feature recordings of Foner's songs Thursdays Til Nine and Play it Again, Sam - Songs of the Labor and Progressive Moments of the 1940s.